VOSH Illinois first made glasses in the field in 2013 on a trip to Samapaita, Bolivia.

They made approximately 300 pairs of custom glasses in the field.

The lab encompassed 5 individuals.

One person pulled the lenses and marked them with a lensometer.

The second person centered the lenses for the patient’s PD and traced the frame shape onto the lens.

Third person used a belt sander with either 60 or 80 grit to grind the excess lens material down to within a couple of mm of the final size.

The fourth and fifth persons were both using a hand edger to take the lenses down to final size and mount them into the frame.

The glasses were then cleaned and dried before being dispensed.

The patients saw much better than they did with used recycled glasses.

The Rx range ran from +6.00 to -6.00 in spheres and also with -1.00 cylinders.

Far more plus lenses were used than minus.

On next trip they plan to take both -1.00 and -2.00 cylinders from +0.50 to +4.00

Please contact Dr. James Vaught for more information:


Transporting Equipment:

Suggestion is to transport in pelican cases:

One pelican case for the belt sander and lensometer.

One pelican case for the two hand edgers.

One pelican case for the frames and lab trays.


Equipment needed:

Belt sander: You will need 8 belts for each trip. They are a dollar or so each.


2. Lensometer

3. Two Optical Hand EdgersManual Lens Grinder Single or Double Wheel: http://smile.amazon.com/Optical-Manual-Grinder-Single-CP-7-35WV/dp/B00GQWV68G/ref=smi_www_rco2_go_smi_2053972162?ie=UTF8&%252AVersion%252A=1&%252Aentries%252A=0 or http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/331010922367?lpid=82&chn=ps

4. Frames

5. Lab trays

Updated COVID-19 and VOSH Humanitarian Clinics Advice

VOSH/International recently consulted its US and International Chapters about the feasibility and timing to restart our humanitarian clinics. While the vaccination process continues with different levels of success depending on availability and acceptance, it is evident that vaccine inequity and the availability and reliability of data in several countries are issues we need to consider.

Even if already vaccinated and boosted, our chapters are still concerned about the wellbeing of our volunteers and patients.  Some chapters, are organizing clinics locally where they are better able to comply with the existing safety requirements and respective state/country regulations.

The COVID-19 pandemic and its variants are being experienced quite differently depending on state, region, country, vaccine availability, vaccine acceptance, and the spread of SARS-COV-2 variants. Most VOSH chapters are not holding clinics or traveling internationally in 2021 or 2022.

If a VOSH Chapter choses to hold a clinic or travel internationally, we highly recommend that the chapter performs due diligence to comply fully with the requirements established by the visited country, ensures all VOSH volunteers are aware of and follow strict safety guidelines and all existing protocols and regulations of the country, and keeps the principle of “do no harm” embedded in all its decision making. As always, the wellbeing and safety for VOSH volunteers and our patients is of utmost importance and central to any decision-making process. We have published our updated clinic guidelines with best practices to be observed in this new context. VOSH chapters in specific countries are using protocols that need to be considered as well. You can download VOSH/International clinic guidelines here.

*VOSH/International is formed by autonomous US and international chapters that are fully and only responsible for their activities, fundraising and decision-making.  VOSH/International can only provide recommendations based on our best knowledge and information at the time.

Also please keep checking the following sites with official and most recent updates:

World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

US CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/when-to-delay-travel.html

US Government Travel Advise: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/COVID-19-Country-Specific-Information.html

Thank you for your hard work and dedication to improving vision and eye health throughout the world.

Michael Ciszek, OD, dipl ABO, FVI

President, VOSH/International

December 2021